Genre: Electro Rock Pop
Grade: C (2 Stars)
RiYL: LCD Soundsystem, Digits, Pet Shop Boys, Junior Boys
Performing in Oakland April 16
From the label that broke Basement Jaxx, comes the 4th studio album from "dance rockers," Hot Chip. Synths/girly male vox/ drums/bass. Follow the stars for quality control.
1. * (6:08) Poppy w/ :50 Building kick drum intro. Repetetive "happiness is what we all want" girly male vox.
2. (4:33) Catchy beat w/ same vox issues & add a new annoyance: incomprehensible lyrics + weak delivery.
3. * (4:41) Pleasant disco beat & soprano vox melody. Fake strings, steel drum.
4. ** (5:23) Electro beat w/ "White Horse" sound incl. steel drum, a breakdown, OMG comprehensible lyrics. 80's Club Rock returns. Title track.
5. (4:21) Epic fail Re: "brothers." Alternate singer solo intro, uptempo kick drum. Vocal harmonies.
6. (6:29) Quiet piano, soft guitar. Crank it up to feel like a wuss, or turn down to fall asleep.
7. (5:21) Alternate vocalist. Weak lyrical content and delivery. Decent production.
8. ** (4:28) Production highlight with vocal FX over a dance beat.
9. * (4:02) Slow. Booming bass, dreamy vox, layers of elements, alternating vocalists.
10. (4:10) Minor to major chord progression. Vocal harmonies. Dance beat.